Chris Hughton has stressed Birmingham City will dictate the timing of any talks over Ben Foster’s future.
The former England goalkeeper, on a season-long loan to West Bromwich Albion, said he would welcome a quick decision so he can continue enjoying his football.
Foster’s views echo those of Albion boss Roy Hodgson, who also recently called for an early answer from the 28-year-old’s parent club.
But Hughton insists Blues’ promotion push is a more concerning matter and they will talk at a time that suits them.
“We are all aware of the fact Ben Foster is our goalkeeper and we know dialogue will have to take part at some stage,” he said. We all know what the situation is and it’s one that will have to be addressed. But it will be addressed at the right time. It’s very much dependant on ourselves.”
Hodgson has urged Blues to open talks about turning Foster’s loan at The Hawthorns into a permanent move as he fears they could end up missing out on other signings.
At the weekend Hughton said there had been no fresh discussions between the two clubs but it is thought contact may have been made in the last few days. Foster has insisted he is open-minded about where he ends up but is keen to settle his future as soon as possible.
It is expected he will have to wait until at least the outcome of Blues’ promotion campaign is determined but he admits the sooner he knows the better.
“I totally agree (with Hodgson),” he said. “If a decision can be made soon, then fantastic.
“I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Birmingham and the same now about West Brom. I’ve loved my time here and at Birmingham. We’ve got to come to a decision at the end of the season and I think Birmingham will be the ones who make it.’’